How Hugger Mugger Gives Back
Hugger Mugger was established in 1986 to help people in their practice of yoga. 35 years later, we still maintain the philosophy that it is important to assist the people in our community. Throughout the years, we have donated our time and products to a number of different charities. A percentage of all online sales is donated to a different organization each quarter. Thank you for the difference you will make when you choose a new Hugger Mugger product.
THIS QUARTER’S NONPROFIT: FEEDING AMERICA
According to a 2019 report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 37 million Americans struggle with hunger. More than 11 million children live in households where access to food is uncertain. This is not unique to particular areas of the country, or to rural, urban or suburban communities. Food insecurity crosses all strata of our society.
This has only increased during the time of pandemic. Record numbers of people are furloughed or unemployed. Local food banks are feeling the heat. Fortunately, many food banks around the U.S. belong to the Feeding America network, which improves their access to healthy, nourishing foods.
The Feeding America network is America’s largest food-relief program. The organization partners with individuals, charities, businesses, and governments to support food-relief around the country. Feeding America employs a four-pronged approach:
- Food recovery: Each year in the U.S., 72 billion pounds of food go to waste. Feeding America partners with food manufacturers, restaurants, grocery stores and farmers to recover these foods and distribute them to food banks.
- Providing access to nourishing foods: What we eat matters. Fresh foods are essential for optimum health. Feeding America’s “Produce Matchmaker” partners with farmers to expedite distribution of surplus produce to food banks. In addition, mobile food pantries serve hard-to-reach areas of the country. Finally, their Meal Connect program provides direct access between food businesses and the Feeding America network.
- Opening the door to healthy eating: Feeding America helps food pantries put healthy foods front and center. The organization empowers food banks to provide information about healthy food choices to its patrons, including hands-on demonstrations, cooking classes and taste-testing events. In addition, placing recipe cards in front of fresh produce can inspire patrons to make healthy choices.
- Educating the public about food insecurity: Feeding America advocates for programs that protect people facing hunger through a policy staff based in Washington, DC, and through the Hunger Action Center, a massive online grassroots advocacy center. The Hunger Action Center consists of an online community of more than 150,000 people who help the organization champion hunger-relief programs at the federal, state and local levels. In order to better understand food insecurity, the organization’s Map the Food Gap program conducts extensive research. This research guides their strategies for helping state and local food programs to serve their patrons most effectively.
Hugger Mugger Yoga Products is proud to support the vital work of Feeding America. From January through March, a percentage of our net profits will support this organization. Please join us in supporting food banks nationwide.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Feeding America, Girls Inc., Utah Food Bank, TreeUtah, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Direct Relief, Youthlinc, A Quality Life Community, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Family Place / Child & Family Support Center of Cache County, Fourth Street Clinic, Humane Society of Utah, InBody Outreach, Bad Dog Arts, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, Children’s Justice Center, Wasatch Community Gardens, Cancer Wellness House, No More Homeless Pets, The Road Home, Yogis in Service, and more.
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